Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sharing Thanks for "Diner by the Sea's" Amazing Milkshakes!

The best Tiramisu Milkshake with a dash of color and even a magic wand!

It was nice to have a magical Monday! We had a wonderful night out with some good family friends. Here was what I was thankful for yesterday.

  1. Thankful to have a great night out with our friends the Gera's! They suggested going to "Diner by the Sea" in Long Beach, NY. We were lucky to get a table as this diner is a popular hang out. I splurged and go this Tiramisu Milkshake that came with sparkling sprinkles and even a magic wand.  You know I just had to get the french fries too.
  2. Thankful to have an upside down night. Since we decided to start with dessert first, we walked done to the beautiful Long Beach Boardwalk. I love listening to the pounding surf.
  3. Thankful to see my girls enjoy running on the beach, climbing a life guard chair and taking tons of fun pictures together. They also dipped their toes in the ocean.
  4. Thankful to hear some great sounds of summer from a live band that was playing on the beach. I love living on Long Island. Long Beach has a great boardwalk. You can stop at the beautiful Allegria hotel for a drink and an amazing view of the ocean. Best of all is making memories with family friends that will last a lifetime.
I invite you to share something that made your Monday magical!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sharing thanks for an Elevator Joy Ride! after a Family Fun Fourth!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sharing Thanks For Meditation Tuesdays at the Library

Led by Ariel at the East Meadow Public Library

Sometimes the best things in life are free! Take the time to see what your local library has to offer. Connecting with people in your community is in an easy way to enjoy your life. Being part of  a group can add energy to your life. I started my morning today in this amazing Meditation class. Here is what I am thankful for about meditating!

  1. I am thankful that Meditation allows me to sit in the quiet moment and focus on my breath! I focus on breathing in energy and breathing out a relaxing AHHHH! of stress.
  2. I am thankful that every week Ariel, the man who leads this Meditation class makes it new and interesting. The hour flies by and I applaud his efforts to provide new visualizations and affirmations everyweek.  You can visit Ariel's website at Energy Shift Yoga. Find out about the free meditation class he offers on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am!
  3. I am thankful to have bathed in a rainbow of light during the meditation class this morning. 
  4. I am thankful that this meditation class allows me to dream in my quiet space in between thoughts.
I invite you to take a few minutes to breath and enjoy a meditative moment after reading this post. Please share a meditative moment or experience that your thankful for! Sharing gratitude increases good vibrations in the universe!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sharing thanks for Bermuda Blues and sisterhood!

Beautiful blue waters of Bermuda in June
It's amazing how rejuvenating a vacation can be. I have taken a virtual vacation for the past few months and it feels great to be writing a blog post for sharing thanks today!  In March my 12 year old computer got a virus! Today I am happy to be blogging from my new Lenovo and am learning Windows 8! Being offline for a few months forced me to venture outside more and I was surprised how much more time I had. I am going to be starting a blogging calendar and try to work more efficiently. Sometimes something good can come out of adversity. Enough of my blogging blues and more about sharing what I am thankful for from my recent Bermuda Breakaway vacation with my friends from college.

  1. I am thankful to just look at this picture from my phone and get lost in all the amazing blues of Bermuda waters. Thanks to Liz and Ellen who encourage me to crash the sigma kappa reunion cruise to visit our friend Lynn in Bermuda!
  2. I am thankful to be an honorary Sigma Kappa from UMass!
  3. I was thankful to enjoy our ladies cruise on Norwegian's fabulous Breakaway ship. So thankful for the smooth seas, beautiful days, delicious meals, but most of all the amazing friendships that were nourished during our cruise. Where else can you see a Second City show, listen to Fire and Ice and become back up dancers like the legendary Supremes. I loved dancing the night away with my friends on the top outdoor deck under the stars to an 80s party!
  4. I am thankful for laughing out loud for seven days! Thanks to Lynn and Chris for the ultimate Bermuda tour and BBQ! Thanks for rekindling old friendships and making new friends!
I invite you to share something your thankful for this first week of summer! I love hearing and sharing your gratitude stories. Leave a gratitude in the comments or tweet to @sharingthanks  #summerthanks! Let's make this the best summer ever!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Create a Sharing Thanks Journal with someone to cultivate a Grateful Heart

I am very thankful for this very special Christmas gift given to me by my daughter Liz. She made me a Sharing Thanks Journal. I love her heart design and the picture of us she printed to adorn the inside of this very special journal. The best gift of all was that we used the journal together to practice gratitude. She wrote the first entry listing four things she was thankful for and passed the journal back to me. We use the journal to share what we are thankful for. It has helped me practice gratitude and has helped me and my daughter connect on a deeper level. It is wonderful to have a dialogue where we share our blessings. I love writing my thanks and sharing what brings me joy. It could be a beautiful sunset, or a kind smile a stranger gave me. I love learning about what my daughter is thankful for.

I recommend sharing a journal with someone special to help your gratitude practice. It will allow you to focus on counting your joys and help you connect to someone in a loving and positive way.  I encourage you to find a gratitude buddy and start a sharing thanks journal with them. What you share with each other should be private. 

Open your heart to gratitude by sharing it with a friend or a loved one. Wishing everyone a loving Valentine's Day. Celebrate all the love in your life not just the romantic love!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sharing Thanks for Duracell's: Trust Your Power - NFL's Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks

Sharing thanks for this Superbowl Commercial that tells the inspiring story of Derrick Coleman, a hearing impaired football player for the Seattle Seahawks. I love that they used Derrick Coleman's voice in the spot to tell his story. Derrick chose for people to know him as an NFL football player, a goal he worked hard to achieve despite his obstacles. I'll be rooting for Seattle today! I have a soft spot in my heart for this team. My daughter Liz is also deaf and wants to be known as a film director or actress. She knows how Derrick feels about batteries that help her hear with her cochlear implant everyday!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sharing thanks for relaxing with art at MOMA with friends

Photo by Ellen Birch. Taken at the Museum of Modern Art Water Lilies room.

Art evokes emotions with color and light! To establish a grateful attitude focus on the beauty that is available to you everyday. Notice the light, and color of a moment. Sit and breathe in the beauty of that moment. Carry the picture of the moment in your mind and use it to bring you to a relaxing state of mind. I had many wonderful moments this long weekend. 
  1. I was thankful to be able to spend Sunday with my good friends at MOMA! We were energized by art and learning about the artists. One of our favorite places to go is the Water Lilies room at MOMA. The colors are mesmerizing and reflective. We sat in the room and soaked in the beauty and light of Monet's genius. It is one of the most relaxing places in New York City.
  2. I was thankful to have a good belly laugh with my friends. We went to a modernist art display and were chuckling over a piece of art work that resembled a stainless steel  garbage can. We struck up a conversation with 2 gentlemen who told us a funny story of how they were looking at something in a Swedish museum and were told that it was the radiator heating the room. This struck me as completely hilarious! My loud belly laugh got a stern, "SHHHHHHH!" from the museum guard in the room and we were asked to stop laughing. Of course, this made us laugh louder so we exited the room to avoid being kicked out of MOMA! 
  3. I was thankful to get lost in Van Gogh's Starry, Starry Night painting! It is one of my favorite paintings that is in MOMA's permanent collection. I love the dazzling colors of the sky evoking a dream world.
  4. I was thankful to my husband for giving me a Membership as an early birthday present. I really enjoyed spending the day with friends, immersing my self in friendship and art. Loved having a light lunch in the cafe, toasting friendship with Persecco. Thanks to Ellen and Liz who are dear friends. Every time we get together it feels like a celebration of sisterhood. I am fortunate to have such kindred souls to share and celebrate my life and love of art!
I invite you to share a gratitude moment you had this long weekend in the comments. I love hearing about what your thankful for!